Total Fire Bans affect everyone, whether you live near bush or in a built up area. Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) warn you of a day of predicted adverse fire weather.
On these days lighting of open air fires or any other activity in the open air that is likely to cause a fire is banned. All Fire Permits are revoked.
Check the Emergency WA website for current status and after 4pm to see if a ban has been declared for the next day.
Total Fire Bans relate to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), they are the agency that declares these through
the Minister. There are a number of activities that you cannot do on a Total Fire Ban day
IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY AS A PROPERTY OWNER OR RESIDENT TO BE AWARE OF ANY BANS IN PLACE.
NOTE: Walliston Transfer Station is closed during a Total Fire Ban
A Total Fire Ban (TFB) is declared by the Minister for Emergency Services on days of extreme weather or when widespread fires are seriously stretching firefighting resources.
All Permits to burn (if issued) will be suspended until further notice.
When a TFB is declared it prohibits the lighting of any fires in open air and any other activities that may start a fire.
The ban includes all open fires for the purpose of cooking or camping. It also includes incinerators, welding, grinding, soldering or gas cutting.Exemptions may be granted if works are required to be carried out during a TFB. For further information
visit the DFES page.
The DFES website has more information on Total Fire Bans and current Total Fire Bans.
Harvest and Vehicle Movement Bans are generally issued on hot and/or windy days when the risk of starting a fire, or a fire being difficult to control, is much high than normal. A Total Harvest and Vehicle Movement Ban may be issued at any time and can
be declared in conjunction with a Total Fire Ban.
Residents are advised that on a day the City of Kalamunda Chief Bush Fire Control Officer declares a Total Harvest and Movement ban they will be broadcast on ABC radio 720am at the following times:
The ban will also be imposed if the Chief Bush Fire Control Officer is satisfied that the bushfire danger index for the area is or exceeds 35. A Harvest and Vehicle Movement Ban is a ban that individual local governments are responsible for issuing under
the Bush Fires Regulations 1954 Section 38A, and/or Section 24C.
ACTIVITIES NOT PERMITTED DURING THE PERIOD OF THE BAN
ACTIVITIES PERMITTED DURING THE PERIOD OF THE BAN
Use or operations of vehicles and undertaking of “hot works” by those persons holding a current Exemption under Bush Fires Act 1954 s. 22C (Exemption from Total Fire Bans)
ACTIVITIES NOT PERMITTED DURING THE PERIOD OF THIS BAN
ACTIVITIES PERMITTED DURING THE PERIOD OF THIS BAN
Local government will impose the ban when their Chief Bush Fire Control Officer is of the opinion that the use of engines, vehicles, plant or machinery during the prohibited burning times or the restricted burning times or both is likely to cause a fire
or contribute to the spread of a bushfire
A Harvest and Vehicle Movement Ban may be imposed for any length of time but is generally imposed for the ‘heat of the day’ periods and may be extended or revoked by the local government should, or as weather conditions change.
It is your responsibility as a property owner or resident to be aware of any bans in place before undertaking an agricultural activity including harvesting as you could be fined for breaching a ban.
The responsibility remains on the individual to ensure that any activity underway is not likely to commence a fire and that a Harvest and Vehicle Movement Ban is currently not in place in their local government district.
To find out if a Harvest and Vehicle Movement Ban has been imposed contact the City on (08) 9257 9999 and speak to a Fire Control Officer.